Putting divorce on pause

October 28, 2011
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A recent op-ed piece in a newspaper suggests people with small children should have to wait a year to get divorced.

There’s a piece that ran in the Washington Post Oct. 20 by a family social science professor and former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court that makes the argument that a lot of couples don’t really want to get divorced and if they were required to get counseling, they might change their minds.

The authors argue that delaying divorce would save marriages. They think couples who have minor children should try to work it out and have to wait at least a year until they can get divorced. During that time, couples would receive education about the option of reconciliation and parenting classes.

They say research shows many couples are actually interested in saving their marriages.

They suggest the “Second Chances Act,” which they wrote for state legislatures on policy reform to reduce the number of divorces.

Family law attorneys – what do you think about their proposed waiting period? Have you worked with a spouse and found out they’d be willing to reconcile?

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